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Genesis

It is hard to say when the Charleston progressed into the Lindy Hop, but credit is often given to George "Shorty" Snowden for making the transition. The only known film record is his performance in the 1929 Film "After Seben" in which Shorty is performing some Charleston moves when he breaks open into a one-hand lead which gave rise to a new type of dance - Lindy Hop. Some of the original moves also eventually migrated into Balboa.   Arthur Murray put out a good training film in 1937 presenting this form of Shag some of which also migrated into Balboa.

George "Shorty" Snowden ... After Seben (1929)... Shorty George & Big Bea (1937). In these short film clips you can see a few steps that were eventually used in Balboa.


Early Balboa Masters

Maxie Dorf

Who's Who in Swing Dance (SwingDance.com) ... see film clips

Maxie Dorf (Jitterbuz.com)

Maxie Dorf on Balboa (Jitterbuz.com)

Maxie Dorf & Sylvia Sykes

Willie Desatoff

Who's Who in Swing Dance (SwingDance.com) ... see film clips

Skippy Blair's Dance Blog

Balboa Demo Video

Lawrence "Lolly" Wise

Who's Who in Swing Dance (SwingDance.com) ... see film clips

Dean Collins

Who's Who in Swing Dance (SwingDance.com) ... see film clips

Hal Takier

Who's Who in Swing Dance (SwingDance.com) ... see film clips

Balboa Demo Video

Bart Bartolo

Who's Who in Swing Dance (SwingDance.com) ... see film clips


Balboa Demo Videos

YouTube

After Seben (1929 Movie Clip) with George "Shorty" Snowden. Watch and you will see a few steps that were eventually used in Balboa.

Tiny Balboa - Teacher's demo (very good)

Tiny Balboa - Dopy Joes

Hal Takier - Dance Clips 1917-2012

Willie Desatoff & Ann Mills ... Hal & Marge Takier

Balboa Rendezvous, IBC Finals 2007


Instructional Videos

Marcus & Bärbl ... Instructional Videos
Excellent instructional videos from world champions. You will see many references to the dance stylings of Maxie Dorf, Willie Desatoff and other great dancers.
Also See:
Swing Balboa

Jonathan Bixby & Sylvia Sykes ... Instructional Videos
Excellent instructional videos. Their Balboa coach was Maxie Dorf whose Balboa styling you will see throughout the videos.

NIck Williams & Sylvia Sykes ... Instructional Videos
Excellent instructional videos. Also See:
Beginning Balboa (promo)
Intermediate Balboa (promo)
Advanced Balboa (promo)


History

Balboa Pavilion

Wikipedia

History of the Balboa Pavilion

Forrest Outman

DanceHistory.org

Peter Loggins

Balboa & Bal-Swing - Peter Loggins - Partie 1

Balboa & Bal-Swing - Pater Loggins - Partie 2

Balboa & Bal-Swing - Peter Loggins - Partie 3

Balboa & Bal-Swing - Peter Loggins - Partie 4

Balboa & Bal-Swing - Peter Loggins - Partie 5

Peter Loggins & Others

Balboa Part 1

Balboa Part 2

Balboa Part 3

Balboa Part 4

Balboa Part 5

Balboa Part 6

Balboa Part 7

Balboa Part 8 (final)

More History Links

Balboa History (LindyCircle.com)


Other Links

Wikipedia

All Balboa Weekend - Cleveland, OH

Historic Balboa Pavilion - Newport California

Rondezvous Ballroom - Balboa California

JitterBal.com


Technical Stuff

 

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